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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry confirm they will never be working members of the royal family again

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed to Her Majesty The Queen that they will not be returning as working members of The Royal Family,” the statement from The Palace reads.

The couple, who now live in California, formally stepped down in March, with a plan to review the arrangements after 12 months.

“Following conversations with The Duke, The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service.”

“The honorary military appointments and Royal patronages held by The Duke and Duchess will therefore be returned to Her Majesty, before being redistributed among working members of The Royal Family,” the message continued. “While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much loved members of the family.”

They are due to talk about their decision to step away from the monarchy in a TV interview with Oprah Winfrey next month.

Since stepping back from royal duties, they have also signed deals with Netflix and Spotify.

Just as a side note, ALL of this is happening WHILE Prince Harry’s grandfather is ill in the hospital. On Tuesday the 99 year old Duke of Edinburgh was taken to hospital as a precaution, and he will remain there for observation until next week.

Meghan and Harry, who recently announced they were expecting their second child, also shared a message regarding the decision. “As evidenced by their work over the past year, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex remain committed to their duty and service to the U.K. and around the world, and have offered their continued support to the organisations they have represented regardless of official role,” a spokesperson for the couple said. “We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.”

The duke and duchess’s former patronages have thanked the couple for their support following the announcement.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s military, Commonwealth and charitable association roles will be handed back to the Queen. They will be redistributed to working members of the Royal Family.

For Harry, those are:

  • Captain General, the Royal Marines
  • Honorary Air Commandant, RAF Honington
  • Commodore-in-Chief, Royal Navy Small Ships and Diving
  • President, The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust
  • Patron, the Rugby Football Union
  • Patron, the Rugby Football League

And for Meghan:

  • Vice-President, The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust
  • Patron, the Royal National Theatre
  • Patron, the Association of Commonwealth Universities

However, the Invictus Games Foundation, which runs an international sporting event for injured servicemen and women, said Harry would remain a patron for the organisation.

The duke remained “fully committed” to the games, which he founded, it said in a statement.

Britain’s Prince Harry congratulates a member of the United States wheelchair basketball team after winning the gold medal in the finals during day eight of the Invictus Games Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on day 12 of their 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific. (Chris Jackson/Pool Photo via AP)
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